We have been under fire recently for referring to MIPs in our first post and our petition. We woud like to clear up some misconceptions:
1. The first post on this blog is serving simply to illustrate how this campaign originated. We know and acknowledge that underage drinking is a crime and that TUPD has a responsibility to punish those who break the law.
2. In our petition, we simply used MIPs as an example. We admit that we could have used a different examples. For example, early in the fall semester, I was pulled over on Broadway because one of my very foolish (but sober) friend jumped on the hood of my car while I was driving. I immediately pulled over, and within minutes a TUPD officer was pulling up behind me. This I understood, but when 2 more patrol cars and 4 more officers showed up, I was baffled. I felt that it was an unnecessary amount of officers for 1 sober, non-violent incident, especially when the driver (me!) was complying fully. We meant to reference instances like this where TUPD responded with way more of a presence than necessary, when those officers could be using their time more effectively.
We would like to apologize for any misconceptions that arose from this.